British boxing legend Ricky Hatton has hit out at Floyd Mayweather for ‘disrespecting’ the sport of boxing.
Hatton, who has fought and lost to both Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, criticized the pound for pound best in the world for the way he treats his rivals.
In an interview with The Sun, Hatton said: “Floyd has his way and I have mine, but there’s a line between selling tickets and disrespecting the sport. What’s the point of being the world’s best fighter if everyone thinks you’re a d***head?”
The Manchester lad recalled how, before their fight back in 2007, Floyd often acted brash and used profanity when addressing him, and also revealed the extent in which Mayweather went to satisfy his huge ego, referencing a time in which they both flew to the US in private jets to promote their flight.
Speaking about one certain incident, Hatton said:
A few minutes into the the journey, we’re chatting away, having a drink when the pilot gestures to me to come forward.. “Hey Ricky, listen to this idiot.”
He turns on the speaker and over the radio I hear Floyd arguing with the pilot of his plane behind: “I’m not letting that motherf***** get there before me, f***ing overtake them!”
“Overtake that motherf***** – I’m the champ. I’ve got to get to New York first. I’ll pay whatever you want.”
According to Hatton, Mayweather was enraged that Ricky had arrived in Michigan before him and made certain that the pilot flying him overtook Hatton’s plane during transit.
Mayweather went on to beat Ricky in the tenth round of their WBC & The Ring welterweight title clash by TKO.